Saturday, July 28, 2012

$7.50 shirt to go with the skirt

While shopping at JoAnn's, I was number 82 at the cutting table, and they were on I perused the red tag clearance fabric.  This was $5 a yard and 60" wide.  It said 'Mohair blend' dry clean only.  May crock.  Well, I don't dry clean so I almost put it back, then thought, why not throw it in the wash, see what happens.  So I scooped it up.  Turns out it was just under 2 yards, so I got the second yard at 2.50.  I brought it home and threw it in the washer on cold (alone, in case it did crock) and then tossed it in the dryer 'til dry.  It came out of the dryer looking exactly the same, and a tad softer.  So, a shirt it had to be.    I have made the Butterick 3344 knit top pattern a few times.  I especially like view E with the draped neck line.  The pattern layout is on the bias, which is a fabric hog and totally not necessary with a knit.  So I cut front and back on the fold.  I also used the sleeve from Jalie 2804 which is also cut on the fold.  The back neck has a facing and that is it. 4 pattern pieces.  Love it.  It is a quick and easy sew.  Shoulders seams and facing, sew in sleeves flat, side seams and sleeves.  Done.   I did the whole thing on my old Pfaff with a stretch stitch.  Took me about 2 hours from lay out to pictures. I think it goes very nicely with my new eggplant skirt.  $10.00 outfit.  Going to look so nice with my brown Born boots this Fall. 

Stay Happy
Keep Sewing

PS.... on the grandbaby front..... dd came to visit today....

We tried out a diaper cover pattern...... I need lots of practice!!

It is Sew Baby! Snap Happy Diaper Cover F704.

Great instructions, easy to do, I just need practice applying the fold over elastic!

Now, I really should go clean up my house just a bit.....

$2.49 Skirt

I recently bought quite a bit of fabric at a yard sale.  All pieces, regardless of size, were .50   This piece was about a yard and a half of 54" wide non wale corduroy with a slight stretch.  The color is eggplant.  I have previously made Simplicity 2475 skirt from their Amazing fit collection, so I already had a fitted altered pattern.   This is a very nice pattern.  Easy to fit and modify.  Great bones for alterations.  It has paneled front and back for shaping and the back has inverted pleats for walking ease.  I just love the fit of this skirt.  The changes I incorporated into this skirt:   I always move the side zip to the back.  This allows me to complete the whole skirt and save the side seams for last, so I can get the fit just right without having to deal with zipper placement.  I added slant pockets with a button closure to the front side panels.  I enlarged the belt loops to be more tab like.  I had to lessen the curve in the waist yokes to fit my thicker middle.  I put button on the extended tabs as well.  I really like how this skirt turned out.  The pattern was .99 at a JoAnns sale, the zipper from a second hand score of a basket of zippers at $1 each.  So $2.49 for the skirt.   Got to love that!